Academy Council



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The Role of Our Academy Council Members

Schools and academies in England have a Governing Body or Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. Sutton Benger CE Primary School is a member of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT). DBAT has a Main Board and its schools each have an Academy Council which is responsible for local governance. Our Academy Council is proud of the school, its staff and pupils. It is an active and enthusiastic team helping to make strategic decisions about the direction of the school, acting as a critical friend and offering support and challenge to the senior leadership of the school.

What are the Academy Council's core functions?

  • ensuring clarity of school vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • implementing leadership and management plans made by DBAT.


Following consultation with all stakeholders, in October 2019, the school's Governing Body agreed the school's conversion to academy status and joined DBAT.

The former Governing Body was reconstituted as an Academy Council with the following structure of 12 members:

  • the Headteacher (ex-officio)
  • one Staff member (elected by school staff)
  • two Parent members (elected by school parents)
  • six Foundation members (appointed by the Diocese of Bristol)
  • Ex-officio Foundation member (usually the incumbent vicar) - appointed by the Diocese of Bristol
  • One Community member (appointed by the Academy Council)
  • The Academy Council may also appoint non-voting Associate members where specialist skills or experience are needed.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. Our Academy Council has a Chair and does not have sub-committees, but may create working parties and/or specialist panels as needed. Academy Council meetings are held at least 6 times per year. 

Meet our Governors

If you are interested in becoming a Foundation member at Sutton Benger CE Primary School, you should in the first instance contact the clerk to the council; Lynne Baylis at

For wider volunteering options go to: 

Tony Weedon - Chair of Governors

Tony Weedon is a Governor Community Member appointed by the Academy Council. He is retired and lives in Sherston with his wife. He was a Higher Investigation Officer with H.M.Customs &Excise. He was involved in various committees in Sherston. One of his sons and two grandchildren live in Sutton Benger. He is enthusiastic to be involved with the school where is grandchildren attend.

Jodie Anstee - Foundation Member (ex-officio)
Jodie Anstee is an ex-officio Foundation Member, appointed by the Diocese of Bristol. She has three children, two who attend Sutton Benger CE Primary School and another to start in September. Jodie is Chief of Staff at UWE Bristol, with responsibility for strategy development, governance, business resilience, risk and compliance at the University. Jodie has worked in higher education for over 15 years, with previous roles in the charity sector. Jodie is very proud to work and serve as a governor in the education sector, with its potential to transform lives and build a better future for individuals, communities and our environments.

Daniel Finner -  Foundation Member

Dan Finner is a Foundation Member, appointed by the Diocese of Bristol. He moved to Chippenham 5 years ago with his wife and two children. He is an Army Officer in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and currently works in Army HQ in Andover in a consultancy role. Dan is in his first governor role having found the role through the government’s Inspiring Governance programme. Dan is very honoured to serve his wider community in his role as a governor and looks to bring some of the skills he has learnt through a career in the Army and engineering to benefit the pupils, staff and community

Neil Weedon -  Parent Member

 Husna Grimes- Parent Memeber

Nicki Evans - Foundation Member

.Heather Baker - FoundationMember

Vacancy - Foundation Member

Sue Zulver - Comunity Member

Becca Hine -  Headteacher

Rachel Harris - Staff member


Contact our Academy Council

Our Clerk to the Academy Council –

Our Academy Council can also be contact by post at the school address:
Clerk to Governors
c/o Sutton Benger Church of England School
40 Chestnut Road
Sutton Benger
Wiltshire SN15 4RP


Contact Us

Happy to answer any questions


  • 40 Chestnut Road Sutton Benger Wiltshire SN15 4RP

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